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Visual Studio 6.0

Refresh Method

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Forces a complete repaint of a form or control.



The object placeholder represents an object expression that evaluates to an object in the Applies To list.


Use the Refresh method when you want to:

  • Completely display one form while another form loads.

  • Update the contents of a file-system list box, such as a FileListBox control.

  • Update the data structures of a Data control.

Refresh can't be used on MDI forms, but can be used on MDI child forms. You can't use Refresh on Menu or Timer controls.

Generally, painting a form or control is handled automatically while no events are occurring. However, there may be situations where you want the form or control updated immediately. For example, if you use a file list box, a directory list box, or a drive list box to show the current status of the directory structure, you can use Refresh to update the list whenever a change is made to the directory structure.

You can use the Refresh method on a Data control to open or reopen the database (if the DatabaseName, ReadOnly, Exclusive, or Connect property settings have changed) and rebuild the dynaset in the control's Recordset property.

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